making local government more ethical

Carla Miller, Founder and President of City Ethics, is starting a Network fellowship at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics.

Today, her first blog post was published on the Safra Center’s website:
The post, titled “The Emperor’s New Clothes -- A View into the Current State of Municipal Ethics", describes the various types of municipal ethics programs and calls for a unified approach to institutional corruption at the local level.

See the post here: http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/lab/blog/315-the-emperors-new-clothes

What’s missing from new Jacksonville ethics office? Money

No budget or staff yet, despite being adopted by City Council last summer.

Posted: January 17, 2012

Seven months after it was signed into law, Jacksonville’s Office of Ethics, Compliance and Oversight still has no budget.

Its one employee, a director appointed last month, works part-time but hasn’t drawn a city paycheck since leaving an earlier job in October.

She’s hoping volunteers will help get the new office in gear — and that the city releases enough money for her to get paid again.

My last blog post involved the Baltimore Employees' Retirement System board calling in an image consultant to help protect it from an investigation by the city's ethics board. This blog post will look at why there is an investigation (again, I could not find any minutes posted, so I am dependent on the research done by the Investigative Voice).

At the annual Council on Governmental Ethics conference in Washington D.C.

From left:

  • Kurt Nemes, World Bank Ethics Office
  • Carla Miller, City Ethics
  • Matt Cross, Office of Governmental Ethics

Each presented as a part of an ethics training seminar in Washington DC, Dec. 2010



The editorial today in the Jacksonville Times-Union is all about the recent legislation designed to improve the structure of the ethics and anti-corruption program for the city of Jacksonville.

Title: City ethics: The right direction
Source URL: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2010-12-03/story/city-ethics-...

Update: The bill (2010-616) was passed unanimously by the Finance Committee on Tuesday, leaving it on the consent agenda for next Tuesday's full City of Jacksonville Council meeting: 11/23/2010 @ 5pm


There was an excellent editorial published in the Jacksonville Times Union on Saturday, Nov. 13th which focused on the City of Jacksonville's current legislation 2010-616 being considered by the City Council. It is designed to expand the powers of the city's Ethics Commission and to centralize the ethics office function for all of the authorities and the school board. You can read the full text of the editorial HERE.